[Sunbeam Talbot Email List] tires 55 Alpine

Mike Knoche knoche at bigpond.com
Mon Jul 25 20:24:18 EDT 2011

Hi Don

Not sure how the very low profile 55 would look in the wheel arch, but I¹d
be a bit dubious about using that configuration.

I used to run Michelin London taxi tyres, 175/80/16, but these had a quite
low speed rating although they appear to wear very well. Some years ago was
able to find some Falken 175/80/16 which not only have a higher speed rating
but are also better in terms of handling and ride. A number of people in
Australia now run them tho local supply seems to have dried up. They were
only ever imported in small batches.

Believe Croker in the US make a 175/80/16 but could be wrong.


On 26/07/11 1:55 AM, "Don Herr" <donherr123 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all, I am planning on having two sets of tires for my 55 Alpine- wide
> whitewalls for a factory look and black wall radials for a "works " look. I
> will be using original Alpine 16" rims for both sets. I have found two brands
> that might work for the black wall radial- Kumho Solus KH16 195 /55 R /16 and
> a Continental-Conti Pro contact 195/ 55 R /16. The Kumho will fit on a 5" rim
> with a 6" tire cross section and a diameter of 24.4"-the conti will fit on a
> 5.5" rim(cross section unknown) and a diameter of 24.4". Does anyone have
> experience with this size-I believe the diameter is ok but I do not know if a
> 6" cross section will rub the inside splash wall on a sharp turn? Thanks for
> any advise. Don Herr
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